July 20, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Colin William George Gibson (Minister of National Revenue)



I have given a good deal of consideration to this question. I would say that it is almost impossible to give an answer to the first part of it, because of the impossibility of saying with any degree of accuracy that every person has filed a return. Our officers are investigating at all times, and the numbers vary from day to day.
With respect to the second part of the question, we have found that returns are not always accurate, and they are being amended. Therefore it is impossible to say accurately the number of persons who have made full payment.
With respect to the third part of the question, I would point out that this information cannot be given with any degree of definiteness until final clearance is given in respect of each taxpayer. The same answer would apply to parts 4, 5 and 6. The hon. member will realize that the number of accounts for 1940 amounted to 663,000, and for 1941 to 920,000, and to answer these questions for any given date would entail going through the records of all those returns. In my view the labour involved would be completely wasted because the information obtained would be good for perhaps only one day, and would not be entirely complete even for that day.
We have no information with respect to parts 7 and 8 of the question, in which the hon. member has asked how many persons applied to the banks for loans to pay their income tax.

Subtopic:   * IN'CO ME TAX-ARREARS FOR 1940 AND 1941
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